Posted by Editoress on 06/23/06
Swisspower Cup #7 June 17-18, Grachen Switzerland
Courtesy FACT Switzerland
There was an impressive demonstration of the depth in the Swiss mountain bike scene in Grachen Switzerland over the past weekend
With riders such as Sauser, Naef, Frischknecht not on the start list, it seemed to be an easy race for Absalon to win the 7th Swisspower cup in Graechen.
But the depth of the Swiss team is so strong , that at any time anyone can win against the top racers in the world.
The same held for the in the women's field.
With Swiss National champion Petra Henzi and National champ. Severine Hansen (Fra) battling it out in the front , the speed was very high.
After an unfortunate series of mechanical problems at the beginning of the season and a very bad crash with a resulting hip injury 6 weeks ago in Hasliberg, the former Canadian Junior champion and Pan Am junior champion Martina Feldmann had a chance to show her talent.
Feldmann kept pace with the 3 top riders in the steep race but had an unfortunate flat in the 3rd lap. After a constant 3rd best time behind Henzi and Hansen, Martina had to run to the mechanical zone to change her wheel and get some help with additional brake problems. Nevertheless she kept racing and still ended up in the 4 th place
Next Race will be in La Chaux de Fonds with the french team there in full strength as well as Austria.
Last race of the 2 Canadians to finish her European season 2006 will be the Race Marathon in Schletheim
|1. Petra Henzi (Sui) Fischer-BMC||1:46:45.5|
|2. Severine Hansen (Fra) Scott les 2 Alpes||at 0:57|
|3. Sarah Koba (Sui) Koba biketeam.||6:58.9|
|4. Martina Feldmann (Can) X.O-Felt||11:46.4|
|5. Bettina Schmid (Sui) Fischer-BMC||12:45.8|
|6. Kathrin Heimberg (Sui) Sputnik Pneu Egger||13:18.3|
|7. Sandra Walter (Can) X.O-Felt||13:46.3|
|8. Fanny Senn (Sui) Cyclestore Giant||14:51.2|
|9. Corina Gantenbein (Sui) Koba biketeam.||16:24.1|
|10. Fabienne Niederberger (Sui) X.O-Felt||17:27.2|
|1. Balz Weber (Sui) BikePark.ch||1:42:36.8|
|2. Florian Vogel (Sui) Swisspower MTB Team||at 1:01.7|
|3. Julien Absalon (Fra) Bianchi Agos||1:10.3|
|4. Roel Paulissen (Bel) Giant-Racing-Team||2:41.7|
|5. Frederic Frech (Fra) Scott Allianz Suisse||3:36.1|
|6. Lukas FlÃƒÂ¼ckiger (Sui) Bianchi Agos||:04:47|
|7. Silvio Bundi (Sui) Athleticum MTB Team||5:10.1|
|8. Daniel Suter (Sui) Giant Swiss Team||5:22.5|
|9. Martin Gujan (Sui) Athleticum MTB Team||6:13.1|
|10. Robert Odink (Sui) Kona Verbier Swiss||6:42.5|
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